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The government must remove the pay cap for public sector workers

The School Teachers’ Review Body’s latest report has at last been published. The report warns the government that action must be taken on teachers’ pay to help reverse the crisis in teacher recruitment and retention.

More than just the words

It is usually clear to staff in schools that there is a support need to address when a new pupil from overseas experiences a language barrier.  This may be the child’s first experience of being in an English-speaking environment, and there is much to learn in terms of the new language. 

What’s it like to be an LGBT+ student in 2017?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. Since then, legislation may have brought equality in law, but have societal attitudes towards LGBT+ people caught up?

Small gestures, big effects

Ahead of this Saturday's Pride events, ATL member Ian McClary, from Bryanston School, Dorset, shares his experiences as a gay, Christian teacher.

Our young people show courage, not fragility

Generation snowflake is a myth.  It is part of a long, and dishonourable tradition which blames the young for the sins of their elders, insists Mary Bousted, ATL's general secretary.

The awkward truth about primary progress measures

Anne Heavey explains why the new progress measures aren't fairer for children and don’t add up for schools.

I’m determined to make the education system in Wales a source of national pride

Kirsty Williams, the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Education, marks a year in the post.

What part should schools play in encouraging pupils to engage with politics?

Clare Kellett wonders how far education professionals can encourage political engagement in pupils.

How were the standards set for this year's KS1 SATs?

Anne Heavey demystifies the Standards and Testing Agency’s (STA) process.

In the few weeks left until the election, here are five things we can all do

Education is finally back on the political agenda, and with the funding crisis taking centre stage, there has never been a more important time for ATL members to get their voices heard.